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Safeway Recalls Ground Beef In The Southwest

Safeway Stores in Arizona and Gallup, NM are recalling 22,000 pounds of fresh ground beef produced by Beef Packers Inc, a Cargill unit.

It has “Sell By” dates of Sept. 28 through Oct. 11, 2009.

While the recalled product is no longer in stores, Safeway is asking its customers to check all ground beef in their freezers.

The recall includes fresh ground beef products sold during the dates listed above at the full-service counter in brown butcher paper and at the self-service area wrapped on black Styrofoam trays.

These products include fresh ground beef, fresh ground beef patties, fresh meat balls, fresh meat loaf and fresh bell peppers stuffed with beef and pork.

Safeway says the ground beef should be discarded or returned for a full refund.

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella Newport can cause salmonellosis.

Salmonella Newport infections can be life-threatening, especially to those with weak immune systems, infants, the elderly, and persons undergoing chemotherapy.

This particular strain of Salmonella Newport is resistant to many commonly prescribed drugs, which can increase the risk of hospitalization or possible treatment failure in infected individuals. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within eight to 72 hours.

Additional symptoms may include chills, headache, nausea and vomiting that can last up to seven days.

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  • Sound familiar? According to FSIS, last August:
    Beef Packers, Inc., a Fresno, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 825,769 pounds of ground beef products that may be linked to an outbreak of salmonellosis, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products subject to recall include:
    * 60 pound cases of “GRD Beef Sirl Fine 90/10.” Each case bears the identifying case code W69012 with Use/Freeze by dates of 06/23/09, 06/26/09, 06/28/09, 06/29/09, 06/30/09, 07/03/09, 07/05/09, 07/06/09, 07/07/09, 07/10/09 and 07/11/09.
    * 60 pound cases of “Grnd Bf Fine Sir 90/10 10/60 H”. Each case bears the identifying case code W69064 with Use/Freeze by dates of 06/26/09, 06/29/09, 07/03/09, 07/06/09, 7/10/09 and 07/14/09.
    * 60 pound cases of “Grnd Beef 90/10 Fine 60.” Each case bears the identifying case code W69063 with Use/Freeze by dates of 06/23/09, 06/26/09, 06/30/09, 07/03/09, 07/07/09, 07/10/09 and 07/11/09.
    * 80 pound cases of “Grnd Beef Fine 91/09 10#/80.” Each case bears the identifying case code W69108 with Use/Freeze by dates of 06/30/09, 07/06/09, 07/08/09 and 07/13/09 .
    * 60 pound cases of “Grnd Beef Fine 93/07 10/60.” Each case bears the identifying case code W69363 with Use/Freeze by dates of 06/23/09, 06/26/09, 06/28/09, 06/29/09, 06/30/09, 07/03/09, 07/07/09, 07/10/09 and 07/11/09.
    * 60 pound cases of “Grnd Beef Fine 93/07 10#/60 H.” Each case bears the identifying case code W69360 with Use/Freeze by date of 06/26/09, 07/03/09, 07/06/09, 07/10/09 and 07/14/09.
    * 40 pound cases of “GRD BEEF FINE 96/04-10#/40.” Each case bears the identifying case code W69602 with Use/Freeze by dates of 06/23/09, 06/30/09, 07/03/09, 07/07/09, 07/10/09 and 07/11/09.
    The ground beef products were produced on various dates ranging from June 5, 2009 through June 23, 2009 and bear the establishment number “EST. 31913” printed on the case code labels. The ground beef products were distributed to retail distribution centers in Arizona, California, Colorado and Utah. Because these products were repackaged into consumer-size packages and sold under different retail brand names, consumers should check with their local retailer to determine whether they may have purchased any of the products subject to recall.
    As a result of an ongoing investigation into an outbreak of Salmonella Newport associated with ground beef products, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) notified FSIS of the situation. Epidemiological and traceback investigations conducted by FSIS and CDPHE determined that there is an association between the fresh ground beef products and illnesses reported in Colorado. The illnesses were also linked through the epidemiological investigation by their uncommon pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) pattern found in PulseNet, a national network of public health and food regulatory agency laboratories coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.